Thursday, June 19, 2008

Welcome back to an old friend

Our old friend Habeas Corpus (the right to contest imprisonment) is back! After taking a short, involuntary vacation from the shores of the United States he returned earlier this month thanks to his buddies at the Supreme Court. (See the article: The Limits of Power.)

All joking aside, I'm not sure how many people realize the importance of habeas corpus. Imagine you are accused of a crime, locked in jail and the key is thrown away. That is life without habeas corpus. It is so important that it is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

ARTICLE 10... Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Articles 6, 7, 8 and 9 are also relevant to habeas corpus.

Here is a public service announcement video that was created by some Scientologists to educate people about this right: No Unfair Detainment.

I'd like to get your opinions on what happened to habeas corpus (as described in the article I linked to above) and how the treatment of "foreign combatants" affects human rights.

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